Ahoust Guardian vessel in Clayoquot Sound.

Exploring Clayoquot Sound on West Coast Vancouver Island

Clayoquot Sound, including the charming town of Tofino, is one of the cruising highlights on Vancouver Island’s West Coast. One of the main attractions in Clayoquot Sound and a renowned boating destination is Hot Springs Cove. Visiting Hot Springs Cove is a special treat for many boaters. Hiking the 2 km (1.2 miles) boardwalk, still…


New Water Runway on Lake Union and No Discharge in Puget Sound

New Water Runway on Lake Union As of the Memorial Day Weekend, there will be a new water runway marked with lighted buoys on Lake Union. The buoys will be strung in a line north of MOHAI and the Center for Wooden Boats. They are equipped with flashing lights that can be triggered by the…


This is Why Vinyl Flooring is Amazing for Boats

  The carpet on my boat was beyond repair. It was old, tired and would not perk up no matter how many times I steam-cleaned it. It was done. I am really not crazy about carpet on a boat, but there weren’t that many options years ago when I decided to replace the carpet with…

Kw’at’am-us Totem Pole on the shore of Sechelt Inlet.

Backeddy Resort & Marina – Prelude to Princess Louisa Inlet

Backeddy Resort & Marina, located in the small community of Egmont on British Columbia’s north Sechelt Peninsula, is known for being a small, quiet and relaxing marina. But, there were a couple of other reasons for our two-night visit last summer. First, it made for a perfect location to time our departure and arrival at Malibu Rapids before…


Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show, May 17-20, 2018

  How many boats will be at the Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show on May 17-20? Almost 300 boats! That makes it the largest boat show in Anacortes, Washington! “The Anacortes waterfront and community are a perfect venue to showcase recreational boating and fishing outside of the hustle and bustle of Seattle. Anacortes is one of…

Cap Sante Marina

May Ushers in Opening Day of Boating!

Opening Day of Boating will soon be here! I don’t know about you, but those beautiful days of sunshine we had last week have got us really excited about getting out on the water. At our home port in Anacortes, Washington, the Opening Day of Boating Celebration takes place on May 5,  2018, at Cap…


Safe and Comfortable Passage – Avoiding Wind Against Current

For many captains and crew, during our seminars, they tell us one of their biggest fears is bad weather. For them, bad weather can be a rough passage even with the sun shining. Wind blowing for hours can build steep and choppy seas, especially when the wind travels a considerable distance, pushing water as it…


Extended Cruising Preparation

It’s the time of year when boaters up and down the West Coast are looking forward to the cruising season and preparing to head out for one- or two–week trips, or for a summer of extended cruising, and they are establishing their to-do lists. If you’re one of those boaters, what should be on your list?…

Preparing for an extended cruise is not sexy but well worth the effort

Your Windlass Needs Care Too

Most windlasses will appreciate an occasional cleaning and lube. This doesn’t require major surgery but is basic field-stripping that anyone can do. Use the type of grease recommended in the owner’s manual (if you’ve misplaced it chances are you can download one from the manufacturer’s website), and be careful to keep friction clutches and brakes…


Does Meguiar’s Canvas Cleaner Really Work?

I love it when I find a product that actually works.  Last weekend I tried Meguiar’s M5826 Marine All Purpose Cleaner to spruce up the white zippers on my canvas. There was a small leak in the winter cover and the water ran along the zipper turning it a lovely shade of slime green. I sprayed on…